Stepping aboard the 45m/146ft motor yacht HARLE at the Antigua Charter Yacht Show, YachtCharterFleet discovered what makes her one of the most popular yachts on the charter market.
Delivered by Feadship in 2007, HARLE was the second in a new semi-custom line, known as the F45 Vantage series. The objective was to offer Owners the proven platform of a Feadship build with the opportunity to tailor a well-crafted interior to their own tastes.
To assist their clients, Feadship offered a choice of four different interior design themes. HARLE’s Owner opted for the ‘Miami’ style, a look loosely based on the Art Deco era. Yet, thanks to a number of adaptations and additions, the yacht quickly evolved with her own unique identity.
At the heart of HARLE’s design is a beach house ethos, which favours a minimalistic and relaxed environment over the opulence and extravagance of other yachts in her class. Her spaces have also been termed polymorphic, meaning each area and its corresponding furniture is carefully designed to be totally multi-functional.
In keeping with her fuss-free look, bird’s eye maple and mahogany panelling is used throughout the entire interior and there are no sharp edges, no lamps and no clutter. Curtains are to be found in the main salon only and the walls are devoid of artwork.
There is an innovative alternative to this lack of art, however. A virtual collection of over 8,000 masterpieces from the likes of Monet, Picasso and Van Gogh can provide an ever-changing backdrop, displayed on high-definition TV screens.
A common trait of the F45 Vantage series is to eschew a dining area on the main deck in order to accommodate a master suite and four other guest staterooms. It is often noted that interior dining areas on the main deck are rarely used and this departure from the norm enables all guests to wake up in the morning to glorious sunshine.
What's more, all four guest cabins have been bestowed with three large floor-to-ceiling windows to enhance the stunning vistas and, continuing the motor yacht’s multi-functional mindset, each room can be configured as either a twin or a double.
The master suite, meanwhile, has its own surprises. Located behind double vaulted doors, the suite stretches across the breath of the main deck forward and, in addition to a multitude of full-length windows, benefits from natural light flooding through a huge skylight above.
A retractable headboard lowers, however, to reveal the suite’s main feature: a circular whirlpool bath for six people sitting directly under the skylight and offering the ultimate on-board spa experience.
Each area and its corresponding furniture is carefully designed to be completely multi-functional
The bridge deck on board luxury yacht HARLE is a perfect example of the commitment to a practical, beach house-style design. A flat floor made of soft teak spans across the aft third of the deck where side windows slide open and wide glass doors fold away to harmoniously link the interior and exterior areas.
Such a setup means that rather than housing a skylounge, the deck acts as one continuous entertainment area, equipped with a wide selection of custom-made modular furniture from California-based company Summit and a dining option to make up for the lack of one below.
The chairs, tables and loungers can be arranged in a variety of ways to suit the desired activity, whether it be hosting a formal dinner, a relaxed movie night or a party for 140 guests. In fact, HARLE is a regular choice for corporate yacht charters and is always snapped up for prestigious events such as the Monaco Grand Prix.
There is also a full-beam office on the bridge deck, which provides a peaceful hideaway to catch up on any important business. Alternatively, equipped with a Murphy bed, privacy wall and en suite, it can be converted to a sixth stateroom.
Up on the expansive sundeck, charter guests can indulge in unrivalled outdoor living. A Jacuzzi forward, surrounded by a semi-circle of sun pads, provides uninterrupted ocean vistas, chaise loungers aft present sunning opportunities and an alfresco dining area expands to seat 12 under the radar arch.
Unusual touches include a high definition TV screen, a retractable full-size awning and a phoenix motif etched into the teak floor.
Not to be forgotten is the multi-purpose lazarette, a very popular place among charter guests. When all the water toys are removed, it can serve as either a fitness studio or lounge area, while the huge swim platform acts as a private beach club on which to unwind, access the sea or enjoy a range of water sports.
The huge swim platform acts as a private beach club on which to unwind, access the sea or enjoy a variety of water sports
As part of YachtCharterFleet’s time on board, the team was treated to a delicious three-course lunch alongside the American Captain, Carey Drake.
On the menu to start was succulent seared tuna with diced soy sauce jelly and wasabi mayonnaise, followed by a delicious main course of fillet of red snapper accompanied by pea puree and potato scales with roasted garlic. Concluding the meal was a trio of desserts made up of chocolate mousse, tiramisu and fresh fruit minestrone.
Due credit must be given to the resident Chef behind this unforgettable creation. Imaginative, spectacularly presented and incredibly tasty, the lunch truly had the wow factor and singularly puts HARLE above other yachts in her class.
Also impressing with their professionalism was the yacht's team of stewards and their immaculately presented table setting, which added a touch of beauty to the proceedings.
Stripping back all signs of grandeur and lavishness and, instead, focusing on functionality and comfort has created an unparalleled charter experience in the form of HARLE. It’s important to note, however, that in turning the attention to these more practical matters, her aesthetics have not been compromised.
Exuding an understated luxury and elegance, her minimal yet practical spaces are combined with the high-quality craftsmanship and innovative engineering for which Feadship is renowned, and ensures no guest is left wanting.
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